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Rainbow Self Portraits

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A simple and bright activity for children to develop their sense of belonging within the early childhood environment.

Materials Needed:

  • Crepe paper (different colours, cut into squares)
  • Spray bottles (filled with water)
  • Cardboard paper
  • Black marker pens
  • Glue

What to do:

  • Cut crepe paper into squares.
  • Ask children to cover their page in crepe paper squares and spray onto of the squares with water, so they stick.
  • Put the finished pages in a tray in the sun to dry.
  • Remove any excess crepe paper that hasn’t fallen off by itself.
  • On a separate piece of cardboard paper, have each child draw a portrait of themselves.
  • Cut around the portraits and use glue to attach to the colourful crepe rainbow backgrounds.

Hints and Tips:

  • Use newspaper to draw the self-portraits, then cut and stick on the rainbow backgrounds.
  • Children could paint the backgrounds using water colours, spray painting etc.
  • Children can draw directly on the rainbow background once crepe paper is removed and only the print remains. 
Reference:
Learning Through Play
 

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Fine Motor Development Preschoolers 
    established hand preference
    manipulates small objects
    holds object between thumb and first two fingers

    Cognitive Development Preschoolers
    describes pictures in detail
    able to identify and name primary colours
    increased concentration
    understands positional words (middle, end)
    answers simple questions
    follows simple instructions
    identify and name secondary colours
    learns through observations and social interactions
    understands order and process

  • Play Based Learning: Manipulative Play, Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Art and Craft
  • Games Categories: Art and Craft
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work.

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